Tuesday, July 05, 2011

cover lover: TMBG --> Chumbawamba

Two things about this cover: First, I wish TMBG had dug a little deeper and discovered some Chumba songs really worth disseminating into popular consciousness--like anything on Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records or even WYSIWYG

Second, though, even with their limited political consciousness, I think John and John get several things right in their "Tubthumping" cover even without overt awareness of it: the communal nature of the song, the distorted social values that accompany pub-hopping (Linnell distorts the audio during the drinking verses) and, musically speaking, a sense of the compartmentalized stories simultaneously playing out in the song. All in all, a decent cover.

They Might Be Giants covers Chumbawamba


Island Near Texas said...

To be fair, Matt, they didn't get the option of which song to choose. AV Club selected the list of songs available to the bands and I think they had a better sense of what was going on than might be conveyed.
Not their best work, but in terms of a cover, pretty good.

matt said...

Thanks for the clarification. That makes a lot more sense.